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Walking on Treasures

Updated on January 17, 2012

While the snow is blowing around outside, I find myself day dreaming about the sunny beach. I was clicking through my Facebook page and someone pointed out a study done on sand. With my interest peaked I discovered an article with some stunning close up images of sand grains. Even as a child I always loved to collect sea shells on our rare trips to the beach. Little did I know I was already walking on some little wonders.

The following images are from a study that was conducted by Professor Greenberg at the University College of London. He took sand and placed it under a 250X microscope and discovered the intricate details of sand grains. You can see the fragments of crystal, remnants of shells, and even some volcanic rock. It is hard to imagine that we walk on beaches without even thinking about what we are stepping on. I think these little treasures are breathtaking and fascinating. It is amazing how nature creates sand by the repetitious pounding of the surf on land.

Above you can clearly see what I believe is the remainders of a star fish, shells, crystals, and rock. The details in these images are what strike me the most. Seeing 250 times what the human eye can see really brings out everything that we miss. Sand is made up of so many different things.

The image above is my favorite. I love all the different colors and textures the sand grains have. The purple ones are stunning and I can even tell what some of the sand once was. It is hard to imagine that something this tiny is so beautiful. Below is the last image and then I linked a YouTube video that goes into more detail on the study.

A Grain of Sand-By Dr. Gary Greenberg


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      Rosa Marchisella 5 years ago from Canada

      Gorgeous images. Thanks for this hub! My brother and I had a bit of sand humour going on a few years back. We were watching a documentary that said white sand is actually crushed coral that fish have eaten and pooped out. So of course, when I went on my first tropical vacation, I collected a small jar of white sand and gave it to him with a pretty hand-written note proclaiming that he was now the proud owner of imported fish poop. When he went on his honeymoon in Jamaica, he returned the favour with a little jar of white sand and even decorated it with tiny sea shells :-D lol

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      I was in love with the images. They are very beautiful. Thank you for the feedback!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Yes I was amazed by these.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Thanks for your feedback!

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      This is amazing! I never would have dreamed that sand had so many colors and shapes. Sand is truly beautiful. Thank you so much for a truly informative hub. I certainly learned something.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      I often think of what lies beneath the edge of the sea and shore , once in North Carolina an entire wooden ship was revealed from beach erosion . Great hub!.....:-}

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, loved seeing all the images and all the information. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      Wow! Who knew? Isn't technology a wonderful thing. I really enjoyed this informative piece. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Marie Gail Stratford 6 years ago from Olathe, KS

      What an incredibly interesting Hub! I'm so glad I stumbled on this while hopping.